* Our doctors and therapists have attended and now practice the techniques from the following seminar series.  This cutting edge technique is not widely understood or practiced in the United States because of its complexity but a dedicated following of doctors and therapists around the country are integrating Dr. Kolars' unique and powerful methods into our current manual therapy skills.  Here at our office we felt is was imperative that we blend and offer these unique methods to our current skill set, to help you get better more quickly.

Course Instructor


Asst. Prof. Pavel Kolar, PaedDr. – Lead instructor

Professor Kolar is a physiotherapist by training. His instructors, Professor Karel Lewit and the late Professors Vaclav Vojte and Vladimir Janda, profoundly influenced him in his approach. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Motol, School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. This is the largest hospital in Central Europe, with 4,000 beds. He also acts as an adviser to the Director of the Hospital.

As Director of the Rehabilitation Department, Professor Kolar oversees The Rehabilitation Unit for adult patients, The Rehabilitation Unit for children,  The Pain Management Unit, The Spinal Unit and The School of Physiotherapy.

Professor Kolar is world renowned for his work in rehabilitation, in addition to his treatment of celebrities in the world of sports, politics and entertainment. He has been appointed team clinician for the Czech Olympic teams, Davis Cup tennis teams and national ice hockey teams. He gained wide recognition for his treatment of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, which included travelling as the President’s personal clinician when he went abroad. Professor Kolar has taught his methods on a limited basis in Europe, North America and Australia.

Professor Kolar is currently directing an extensive research project in his department concerning developmental kinesiology and its application in early diagnosis of central nervous system disorder in newborns and infants. Using developmental kinesiology in the treatment of newborns and infants with cerebral palsy and in the conservative treatment of radicular pain syndromes.

Professor Kolar is also a member of interdisciplinary team at the Orthopedic Unit at the hospital. This concerns evaluation of children suffering form cerebral palsy and poor posture resulting in orthopedic deformities and indications for surgical treatment. His work is highly appreciated by orthopedists, who consider his opinion to be very important for surgical indications. 

Developmental Kinesiology:

Diagnosis and treatment in locomotor pain syndromes

Course Description

Much attention has been given in recent years to the development, maintenance and decline of functional stability of the locomotor system. Indeed, emerging research has proven the existence of the deep, or core, stabilizing muscles and their impact in controlling safe joint motion. This is especially true for the joints of the spinal column, where the complexity of the biomechanical and neurophysiological demands is phenomenal. With the increased understanding of functional stability have arisen new theories regarding the etiology of functional pathology and also of effective treatment methods to restore stability. Unfortunately, these techniques have yielded less than satisfactory results for many frustrated clinicians. Some methods, although based on sound principles, have been criticized as impractical.

It is during this period that a new method of intrinsic locomotor system stabilization has arisen to dramatically gain the attention of rehabilitation specialists. Pavel Kolar, PaedDr. has indeed spawned a new manual approach to activate the intrinsic system and achieve exciting levels of improved function in a remarkably brief period. Based upon the principles of developmental kinesiology, the neurophysiological aspects of the maturing locomotor system on which the Prague school was established, he has expanded the scope of clinical options in an exciting new direction. Attendees to the course will be introduced to these methods.

One of the most exciting aspects of the course is that this method describes the first new manual approach to the treatment of radicular syndromes since Cox and McKenzie did so decades ago. The success of this method has gained a great deal of interest among clinicians around the world.


Here at the ACO  offices, we are proud and pleased to bring the skills we have learned from Pavel Kolar to our patients, because we want to be the best, and moreso because getting you back to a pain free state is our team goal.

-The ACO staff